Kent State picked up a commitment from the Sunshine State over the weekend, a state that they have really focused on over the past few years adding playmakers such as Antwan Dixon.
The coaching staff has added yet another player to the mix in defensive back Rodley Jolicoeur.
Most sites are listing Jolicoeur as an athlete, however he tells Hustle Belt that the coaching staff is recruiting him as a defensive back. Scout rates him as a 2-star athlete.
He chose the Golden Flashes over reported offers from Air Force, Army, Bryant, and Navy. Despite having offers from each of the military academies that offer FBS football, Kent State was an opportunity he could not pass up.
A big reason for this was his relationship with the coaching staff.
"I chose Kent State because the coaching staff has been so great to me, they were treating me as if I was already on the team from day 1 they kept me motivated they told me from day 1 they want me to come up and help them do some big things and they were going out of their way to speak to my family and making sure we all were on the same page...Also on August first when they offered every single coach on the defensive side of the ball got on the phone and congratulated [me], paying their respect to me as a student ATH and from there I knew I couldn't take my talents else."
Jolicoeur has one goal in mind during his time at Kent State.
"My ultimate goal is to help change the culture at Kent."
Jolicoeur is 5-foot-8 weighing 165 pounds, however showed off his ability to blitz from the safety position as a junior. This is a case where his height may actually help him in the fact that it is harder for offensive lineman to see him blitzing. He also breaks open some big runs at running back. Despite the fact that he'll play defensive back I could see Jolicoeur getting some looks as a kick returner due to his big play ability. Most of his highlights are of him blitzing and making open field tackles. He looks like he really embraces contact, however it would be nice to see more of his skills in pass coverage. All in all, Jolicoeur looks like someone who can help replenish a Golden Flashes secondary that will have four senior defensive backs upon his arrival on campus in the fall of 2017.
Check out Jolicoeur's junior highlights courtesy of Hudl: